First snowfall of the season wreaks havoc for drivers.
By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.
OCEANA COUNTY – As heavy, slushy snow blanketed the area with the first accumulating snowfall of the season Wednesday Nov. 6, several motorists found themselves in peril on local roads.
Within about two hours late morning, there were five reported vehicle crashes that kept emergency crews busy.
The first crash was a rollover on northbound US 31 south of the Hart exit. No injuries were reported.
Shortly after that, a vehicle reportedly hit a power pole in the 1800 block of North 100th Avenue between York and Polk roads near Hart. It was reported that power lines were in the roadway. No injuries were reported.
The third crash, which possibly involved injuries, occurred in the 1900 block of West Polk Road by 128th Avenue near Hart.
Then, a box truck hit the guard rail on northbound US 31 near Hayes Road in Shelby Township.
A man and a woman were reportedly injured after their vehicle hit a tree in the 600 block of East Polk Road between North 116th and 122nd avenues near Walkerville.
Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast said several other vehicles slid off slippery roadways into ditches.
Drivers are cautioned to remove all snow from their vehicles; adjust speeds for conditions; make sure their headlights are on; and keep a safe traveling distance between vehicles.
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